Classroom Champions: Academy's Kenidi White

Success has not been in short supply recently for the Academy Lady Bees. They've made deep playoff runs in volleyball and basketball and brought home the state title last year in softball.

"Every team that I've been on, volleyball, basketball, cross country, track, we've had a ritual that we do. We're very superstitious," said senior Kenidi White.

But it's not superstition that's made them how they are, it's players like White, who's excelled for the Lady Bees in basketball, softball, track, cross country volleyball AND in the classroom.

"My parents really expect a lot from me, plus, I expect a lot from myself. But exceeding in the classroom, and being an example on the court and in the classroom is a a big thing," said White.

And even though Kenidi is serious about her sports, she doesn't take her sports too seriously.

"I like having a fun, energy ball sway to myself. I like letting people know sometimes that it's just a game," said White.

Her basketball coach, Brian Pursche, sees it too.

"She's unique and one-of-a-kind. She's a great young lady, like I said, and she keeps things lighthearted and she really is a true competitor and she wants to win"

Kenidi's list of athletic accolades is seemingly endless. She was district offensive MVP in volleyball this year, and was the district defensive MVP in basketball last year, and that's just to name a couple. Eventually she wants to be an athletic trainer, but before that she wants to play basketball in college. And that's something Pursche is hoping for as well.

"Well hopefully someone will be smart and find a way to pick her up and get her on their college team and we'll see her playing next year at the next level."